by Ann Tsang / Images courtesy of the HKGA
Philippa at the 2019 Solheim Cup with Team Europe (fourth from right)
Health Screenings Introduced
The HKGA introduced its first comprehensive health screening for elite players with the help of sports physiotherapist Philippa Stewart and her team.
Last year, Philippa introduced a 360-degree health screening as part of a high-performance pilot programme spearheaded by the HKGA. The health screening programme included an evaluation of players’ overall medical history, nutritional and hydration intakes, sleep patterns, stress management, physical activity, and injury history, and was followed up by a musculoskeletal health screening with a view to developing personalised plans for each individual.
Philippa and her team have become an important part of an eco-system that supports our players by educating and helping them to prevent injuries, enhance their physical and mental stamina, as well as optimise their performance.
Based in Hong Kong, Philippa also spends a lot of time on the road as a member of the physiotherapy teams for the European Tour, the Asian Tour, the Ladies European Tour, and the LPGA. She is also the official physiotherapist for the European Solheim Cup Team.
In the coming weeks, the HKGA will be sharing Philippa’s tips for golfers who are adapting their training regimes in light of the social distancing measures in place during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Inaugural Ladies Golf Clinic
The increasing success of Hong Kong’s female golfers in international competition has inspired more local ladies to learn about the sport. In response, the HKGA organised its first ever Ladies Golf Clinic, a day camp designed to introduce female beginners to the sport.
Under the guidance of HKGA coaches, over 100 participants learned about golf etiquette and practised their short game at The Clearwater Bay Golf Academy.
One of the participants, May Chan commented: “I enjoyed the clinic very much and loved the experience of playing on a scenic course. I find golf very approachable as women who are not very athletic can take part in the sport. I am also keen to seek more opportunities to improve and I will also encourage my friends to participate.”